Saturday, March 7, 2015

Warming up to winter grazing

This article featured the Doan's in the Dakota Farmer magazine proving how they use the land in multiple way while reducing costs.  This is just another way they are contributing to keeping the earth a greener place. 

Warming up to winter grazing

Jerry Doan and his sons grow full season cover crops for cattle to graze in the winter

Published on: Jan 6, 2015

Jerry Doan, and sons Jay and Jeremy, of Blackleg Ranch, McKenzie, N.D., are set up to save as much as $250 or more per head on winter feed costs for their beef cattle again this year.
They winter graze their herd on full season cover crops that they grow on cropland exclusively for grazing instead of for grain.
"I'm not aware of anyone else having achieved true all winter grazing on standing cover crops in North Dakota," says Jay Fuhrer, Natural Resources Conservationist Service district conservationist, Burleigh County, N.D.
The Doans winter grazed cover crops last year.
"It's worked very well," Jerry says. "The cows were in the best condition coming into calving than I have ever seen, even when they were on feed."
Cattle and calves find plenty of forage beneath the snow in fields planted to full season covers crops. Photo: Blackleg Ranch
Cattle and calves find plenty of forage beneath the snow in fields planted to full season covers crops. Photo: Blackleg Ranch
The Doans saved money on diesel fuel and labor with winter grazing because they don't have to run tractors to feed hay, blow snow or clean pens every day.
They don't think they will have have to buy as much commercial fertilizer to grow cash crops on the fields where the cattle grazed over the winter because of the nutrients released from the cover crop, along with all the manure and urine that the cattle have spread.
Last spring, a soil biology test on winter grazed fields showed the highest microbial biomass level seen to date in Burleigh County, says Fuhrer says.
If they continue to winter graze, the Doans will likely avoid a big expense in the future. Because they won't be feeding cattle in pens in the winter, they won't need to build a lagoon or other ag waste structure to prevent runoff from the facility from getting into a nearby creek.
Planting a full-season cover crop mix for winter grazing helps their pheasant and deer hunting enterprise. The forage is exceptional habitat for deer and pheasants.
If they can continue to winter graze, the Doans plan to add water sources and build more fences so they can graze different grain fields planted to full season cover crops in the future.
"Winter grazing seems to lot of sense for us," Jerry says.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Monster buck gets caught in fence on the ranch.

While out on a pheasant hunt this past fall, we happened to witness and video this amazing footage from this nice White tailed buck.  He apparently jumped the fence to early and hit the barbed wire dead on.  He struggled a little to get out of it, before he took back off down the corn row.  He then scared up a couple of rooster pheasants on his exit.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A Great Day Coyote Hunting!

It was a great day to be out in the field coyote hunting.  The weather was perfect, only 6-8 mph winds and a nice 30-40 degree day.  Our first sit, we had 2 coyotes come in after about 24 minutes of calling.  They held back at around 400 yards, until the large male decided to come right in.  We let it get in to about 75 yards, before Adam released the trigger on his .204 caliber rifle.  He smoked him in the first shot!  Mike then shot at the other one at 400 yards, but was just shy of hitting it.

We did several more set-ups throughout the day and seen plenty of coyotes.  Many of the coyotes weren't interested in coming in, or something seemed to have spooked them.  It was fun watching them from a distance pouncing on mice or chasing around.  Most of the coyotes were most interested in our rodent in distress call, which we were using a Jack in the box decoy as well.  Otherwise, they seemed to respond well with a pup in distress or Coyote challenge call.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Deer update at Rolling Plains Adventures

The white-tailed deer are slowly starting to drop their antlers.  We are starting to see several bucks with only one antler on their head now.  It will not be long before we hit the fields again in search of these sheds.  Typically most of the bucks will lose their racks by February, but we have seen them carrying them all the way into March or April. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Hunting Pheasants during the late season

Three weeks left of pheasant season this year and the birds are everywhere.  They have grouped up and are holding tight.  So far this winter, the weather has been very pleasant.  There currently is no snow, plenty of feed, and more then enough cover to hide in.  If you are looking to find large numbers of pheasants in the field, you can't beat a late season hunt!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Mossy Oak's "Deer Thugs" visits Rolling Plains Adventures.

Mossy Oak Productions visited Rolling Plains Adventures last week to film a bow hunting episode for their TV show "Deer Thugs."  The crew rolled in to film the outfitter "Jeremy Doan" and one of their hunters "Jimmy Riley." 

The Hunt was set up for 6 evening hunts and 5 morning hunts.  The first evening sit, Jimmy was the only hunter on stand due to one of the camera man not making his flight on time.  Jeremy just scouted this night, but did manage to film the deer that came by while scouting.  Here is an image of one of the bucks Jeremy filmed that came in to about 10 yards of the truck!

Day 2 started with a morning hunt with only seeing a few does.  Later on that day, Jeremy got into his stand with camera man Joe at around 4:30 PM.  It started slow, but picked up real fast when a small buck appeared at 150 yards around 6:45 PM.  About 5 minutes passed when another buck appeared in the brush with him.  Then another buck!  The bucks started to beeline straight for us from 150 yards.  The one leading the group was a 5 1/2 year old mature 10 point followed by about a 4 1/2 8 point with matching stickers of the G2's.  The 10 point slowly made his way in to about 17 yards.  Jeremy drew back his PSE Pro bow and made a perfect shot through the lungs.  The deer ran about 70 yards and it was all over.  The buck scored close to 150"s. 

Day 3, 4, and 5 seemed to blur together.  Seen plenty of shooter bucks, but all just out of range. 

Day 6, the final day of the hunt.  It is now the last hunt of the trip, so planning is very crucial.   Jeremy checked all of the deer cameras that afternoon and placed Jimmy in a stand that had one buck coming in 2 nights in a row between 8:45 and 8:20.  Camera shooting light is over at about 8:20, but this was the best chance we had.  Jimmy had been sitting in the stand for a couple hours when the buck appeared at 8:15 PM.  He came in early!  The deer walked by the stand at about 15 yards when Jimmy let his arrow fly.  The deer ran about 75 yards into the most dense crop cover on the ranch.  The buck was recovered shortly after and was a perfect 10 point. 

These were 2 filmed hunts, so be on the lookout next summer for Rolling Plains Adventures episode on Mossy Oak's "Deer Thugs."

Friday, August 8, 2014

2014 Small Game and Furbearer Regulations Set


North Dakota’s 2014 small game and furbearer regulations are set and most season structures are similar to last year.
One change for this year is that trappers using cable devices (snares) must now register with the State Game and Fish Department prior to trapping (online registration will be available on this website mid-October).
Prairie chicken and sage grouse seasons will remain closed due to low populations.
Only North Dakota residents are permitted to hunt waterfowl from Sept. 27 – Oct. 3. Nonresidents are allowed to hunt waterfowl in North Dakota beginning Oct. 4. Other waterfowl season details will be finalized in mid-August in the waterfowl amendment to the small game and furbearer proclamation.
In accordance with state law, nonresidents are not allowed to hunt on Game and Fish Department wildlife management areas or conservation PLOTS (Private Land Open To Sportsmen) areas from Oct. 11-17.
Hunters may notice an increase in license fees, which were established and set by the 2013 state legislature. The general game and habitat license is $20, the resident small game license – required for ages 16 and older – is $10, the resident furbearer license – required for ages 16 and older – is $15, and the resident combination license, which includes general game and habitat, small game, furbearer and fishing, is $50.
In addition, the nonresident small game license, and the nonresident zoned waterfowl license, increased to $100. The nonresident statewide waterfowl license is $150.
Hunters should refer to the North Dakota 2014-15 Small Game and Furbearer guides (available mid-August) for more details on small game and furbearer seasons. Waterfowl regulations will be available in early September.

 SpeciesOpensClosesDaily LimitPoss Limit
Crows (fall)
Aug. 9Oct. 26No limitNo limit
Early Canada Goose
Aug. 15Sept. 15 (Sept. 7 Missouri River Zone)1545
Mountain lion zone 1 early (zone quota 14)
Aug. 29Nov. 23 (or when zone quota is reached)Season limit of 1 per hunter 
Mountain lion zone 1 late
(zone quota 7)
Nov. 24March 31 (or when zone quota is reached)Season limit of 1 per hunter 
Mountain lion zone 2
Aug. 29March 31Season limit of 1 per hunter 
Sept. 1Nov. 91545
Hungarian partridge
Sept. 13Jan. 4312
Sharp-tailed grouse
Sept. 13Jan. 4312
Ruffed grouse
Sept. 13Jan. 4312
Tree squirrelsSept. 13Jan. 4412
Sandhill crane unit 1
Sept. 20Nov. 1639
Sandhill crane unit 2
Sept. 20Nov. 1626
Sept. 20Dec. 7824
Sept. 27Nov. 1039
Tundra swan
Oct. 4Jan. 4Season limit of 1 per hunter
Oct. 11Jan. 4312
Weasel trapping
Oct. 25March 15  
Mink, Muskrat trappingOct. 25April 30
Fisher trapping
Nov. 24Nov. 30Season limit of 1 per trapper 

Lets go fishing!